Indonesia’s Lion Group has taken delivery of its first three Airbus aircraft at a ceremony in Toulouse attended by Rusdi Kirana, chairman and co-founder of Lion Group, and Fabrice Brégier, president and CEO of Airbus.
All three aircraft are Airbus A320 single-aisle jets.
The aircraft are the first from an order placed by Lion Group in March 2013 for 234 Airbus A320-family aircraft. The order included 109 A320neos, 65 A321neos and 60 A320ceos.
Lion Group’s initial batch of A320ceos are set to join the fleet of the group’s full service subsidiary Batik Air, flying on Indonesian domestic and regional international services.
The Batik Air A320ceos are powered by CFM56-5B/P engines and each aircraft has a two-class cabin layout seating 156 passengers.
“These A320s, and later the A320neo and larger A321neo, will allow us to continue our expansion with one of the most modern and advanced fleets in the world,” said Kirana.
To date, nearly 11,000 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been ordered and more than 6,200 delivered to more than 400 customers and operators worldwide.
Parts commonality between the airframes of the A320ceo and the A320neo models is greater than 95 per cent. According to Airbus, this will enable seamless operation of ceo and neo models in a single fleet.
The Airbus A320neo family incorporates cabin innovations, new-generation engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices. Together, the Airbus A320neo family’s various new features will deliver 20 per cent in fuel savings per seat by 2020, compared with existing A320-family models.
Since beginning service in 2000, Jakarta-based Lion Group has become one of Asia’s fastest-growing airlines. Today Lion Group operates a network which includes more than 70 destinations in Southeast Asia.
The group’s operating subsidiaries are low-cost Lion Air, full-service Batik Air and Indonesian domestic regional carrier Wings Air. In addition, Lion Group owns 49 per cent of Malaysia-based Malindo Air.